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Accessing Alternative Format Files in Moodle with Ally

Description of alternative file formats provided for download by the Moodle plugin Ally, and how to access those downloads.

Activating Ally in your Moodle Course

Instructions on how to activate the Ally filter in a Moodle course to allow the Ally plugin to analyze and suggest improvements to course text and uploaded files.

Add Videos from Google Drive to Moodle

Embed or link a Google Drive video into Moodle.

Adding a Demo Student to your course

How to add a test student to your course and log in as that student to test out course activities and the gradebook.

Adding a participant to a Moodle Course

Adding a participant (Course editor, teacher, guest) to your Moodle course. (Adding a TA/Grader should be done through Account services)

Adding a TA to a Course

Instructions for adding participants to a course through Account Services, which will add them to the course email list, Moodle, and - optionally - the R Studio server.

Adding an Override to a Moodle Quiz

Add an override to reopen a Moodle quiz or assignment after it has closed or give additional time for accomodations.

Adding Audio Files to Moodle

Embed audio or add audio files as a hyperlink to Moodle.

Adding Blocks in Moodle

Add blocks and extra tools to Moodle sidebars, including the Panopto block.

Adding Elevator videos to Moodle

How to insert an asset from the St. Olaf Elevator media collection

Adding Labels to Moodle

Create labels in Moodle to add text, media, and organize content.

Adding Pronouns to Zoom or Moodle

Adding preferred pronouns to Moodle or Zoom.

Adding Questions to a Moodle Quiz

Add new questions to a Moodle quiz or reuse questions previously created.

Adobe Acrobat Pro: Correcting Document Color Contrast Issues

Information on how to correct issues of insufficient color contrast in PDF documents using Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Acrobat Pro: Properly Tagging Page Content & Setting Alternate Text for Figures

Instructions on how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to edit tags and alternate text in PDF documents to increase accessibility for tools such as screen readers.

Adobe Acrobat Pro: Running PDF Document Accessibility Checks & Accessibility Quick Fixes

Instructions on how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to make documents more accessible through tagging to increase compatibility with tools such as screen readers.

Adobe Acrobat Pro: Turning Files into Editable Text and Images

Information on how to create selectable text in a scanned PDF.

ArcGIS OnlineTraining

Want to learn how to use ArcGIS Online to make maps for a research or personal projects? Here are some starting short modules to introduce the program.

Backing up a Moodle Course

Back up Moodle course materials to move to a different course page.

Changing a Moodle Course Format

Instructions on how to change a Moodle course format

Changing the Color of Collapsed Topic Bars

Update the colors for section bars in the Moodle Collapsed Topics format.

Classroom Technologies

Information on how to install and use the new classroom technologies in TOH.

Clickable Tabs in Moodle text

Add clickable, interactive tabs to Moodle Tiles format in order to organize content and activities.

Copying Panopto Videos from a Previous Semester

Migrate Panopto videos from a previous Moodle course to a new course.

Create a Story Map Collection

Create a showcase for Story Maps and other ArcGIS Online project - ArcGIS Collections can also be used to create a collection for a whole class.

Create Groupings in Moodle

Creating a grouping, or set, of groups for use in assigning activities and resources to different groups of students.

Creating a Flipgrid Group

Creating a Group in Flipgrid to orgainize video topics

Creating a Flipgrid Topic

Configure settings in Flipgrid to create a Flipgride Topic.

Creating a Journal Forum in Moodle

Using the Moodle Forum activity to create a Journal Forum.

Creating a Moodle Workshop

This article describes the initial creation and setup of the Moodle workshop activity.

Creating a new Hypothesis account

Creating an account with Hypothesis

Creating a Test or Quiz with Optional or Extra Credit Questions

How to set up a Moodle quiz (test) with extra credit questions and adjust the settings so that the questions add to the total possible score.

Creating an H5P Timeline in Moodle

Instructions on creating a H5P Timeline

Creating and Grading a Panopto Student Video Submission Activity

Details on how to set up a course for use with Panopto Student Submissions to allow students to record or choose Panopto recordings for an assignment, as well as grading student submissions.

Creating and Inserting H5P Content

Instructions on creating and placing H5P content in Moodle

Creating and Managing Moodle Groups

Create and manage groups for collaborative projects, presentations, and grading group assignments.

Creating Moodle Gradebook Categories and Grade Items

Information on creating Moodle gradebook items and categories

Disabling Ally Alternative Format Downloads

Description of how to disable or enable Ally alternative formats downloads for an individual file in Moodle.

Downloading Instructor Files from Moodle

Instructions on how to download all files uploaded to a course by an instructor.

Editing in Moodle

Activate editing for updating a Moodle course page.

Empty Grades in the Moodle Gradebook

Update settings for the student view of the Gradebook and change settings for empty grades.

Getting Started with Flipgrid

Description of how to create an educator account with Flipgrid

Getting Started with Navigating Moodle

General navigation tips with Moodle when getting started - switch to student view, using the profile menu, locate the Moodle Dashboard, and navigate a course page.

GIS, ArcGIS, and GPS at St. Olaf

Interested in doing a mapping project? Resources for training or using GIS, ArcGIS, and GPS equipment at St. Olaf.

Grayed Out Quizzes in the Gradebook

Fix grayed out quizzes/exams in the Moodle gradbook.

Help with RStudio

Options for troubleshooting or getting additional help with RStudio.

Hide or Restrict Access to Moodle Activities

Control visibility and access in Moodle by adding restrictions or hiding activities.

Hiding and Showing Grades in the Moodle Gradebook

Information on hiding and showing grades and grade totals in the Moodle gradebook

Importing a Previous Course with the Template Chooser

Details on how to import a previous version of a course from the current server into a new Moodle course.

LinkedIn Learning

How to log into LinkedIn Learning and what services are offered in this program.

Locked Out of Previous Moodle Pages

How to gain access to individual Moodle course pages on previous Moodle servers.

Making a Recording in a Panopto Assignment Folder (instructions for students)

This article gives instructions for using a Panopto assignment folder to make and upload recordings to a Moodle course. Assignment folders are designed to enable students in a course to create recordings that only they and their instructor can see. This allows a teacher to make video assignments or enable students to do such things as recording presentations or uploading videos of their performances. The article is aimed at students who need to know how to use a Panopto assignment folder.

Managing archived Panopto videos

Information on viewing and restoring archived Panopto videos

Managing Multiple RStudio Sessions

Manage and edit in multiple sessions of RStudio.

Manually Upload Zoom Recordings to Panopto

Download recordings from Zoom to upload in Panopto.

Modifying Grades and Overrides in Moodle

Remove an override on a grade in the gradebook or reset a grade to the original value.

Moodle 4.1 Changes

Description of the major changes in Moodle from the 3.11 version to 4.1

Moodle Assignment Activity

The Assignment Activity in Moodle allows students to do homework and other materials - create custom settings for submission and grading.

Moodle Dashboard Overview

General navigation of the Moodle Dashboard and how to find course pages.

Moodle Dashboard Shows Incorrect Course Pages

Adjusting the Moodle Dashboard to show correct, preferred, or current courses.

Moodle Extra Credit Items and Categories

Information about extra credit in the Moodle gradebook and how to designate categories and items as extra credit.

Moodle Gradebook Aggregation

Grading aggregation types available in the Moodle gradebook.

Moodle Gradebook FAQs

FAQS for setup and using the Moodle gradebook

Moodle Metacourses

Metacourses and how to request a new Moodle metacourse.

Moodle or Google Classroom?

St. Olaf has two learning management systems (LMS) available for faculty to choose from in setting up the online components of their courses - Moodle and Google Classroom. This article explains the difference between the two and why you may want to choose one over the other.

Moodle Roles and Permissions

A breakdown of roles in Moodle and associated permissions.

Moodle Workshop Assessment Phase

This article explains the Moodle Workshop assessment phase, and how it appears to both instructors an students.

Moodle Workshop Grading Evaluation Phase

This article details the Grading evaluation phase of Moodle's Workshop activity, and how to set up grading and modify automatically calculated results.

Moodle Workshop Main Activity Page and Setup Phase

Setup and working with Moodle Workshops

Moodle Workshop Submission Phase

This article describes the steps to set up the allocation of assessments in a Moodle workshop during the Submission phase.

Moving Panopto Videos to a Course Folder

Update the location of a Panopto video or move a video to a new Moodle Course folder in order to share with a class.

Panopto Assignment Folders

Upload, record, and manage video content in the Panopto Assignments folder.

Playing Movies or Video Clips in Zoom

Playing video clips or movies in Zoom.

Project Sharing in RStudio Server Pro

Creating and sharing a project in RStudio Pro for collaboration

Provisioning Panopto - Using Panopto with Moodle

Connect your Moodle page to Panopto in order to add videos to your course page.

Rating and Grading Moodle Forums

Settings to enable ratings or grades for a Moodle Forum.

Recording a Flipgrid video

Description of how to record a video in Flipgrid and how to make us of all of the on-screen accessories

Reducing the Size of a Moodle Course

Recommendations for reducing the size of a Moodle course including: managing video and audio files, adding Microsoft Office files, and converting content to Google Drive.

Reducing your disk usage on the RStudio server

Removing a user's files from the R server

Removing Local RStudio Packages

Instructions for removing locally installed packages in R Studio.

Requesting New Moodle Plugins

Adding new plugins or tools added to Moodle.

Restore a Moodle Course

Restore your course content to a new Moodle page.

Reusing and organizing Panopto recordings

This article outlines the recommended way of organizing your Panopto recordings so they appear in multiple folders as needed, while leaving a copy in a personal folder for additional uses at a later date.

RStudio Workbench System Error 122 (Disk quota exceeded)

Unable to log into RStudio and receiving a "system error 122 (Disk quota exceeded)" message

Saving Moodle Course as a PDF

Instructions on saving the Moodle main course page as a PDF

Setting Grade Item and Category Total Display Type in the Moodle Gradebook

Description of how to modify grade display type in the Moodle gradebook

Setting Moodle Grade Item Categories

Instructions on how to set the parent category for a grade item in the Moodle gradebook

Setting Moodle Gradebook Category and Item Weights

Description of how to set relative weights for Moodle gradebook items and categories

Setting Review Options for a Moodle quiz

Description of Moodle quiz review options that control what is visible at various steps in the life of the quiz, including whether the quiz appears in the gradebook, or if the quiz and grade are hidden.

Setting up a Live Chat Activity in Moodle

Create a Live Chat activity in Moodle for short, collaborative, real-time sessions.

Setting up and Managing the Moodle Attendance Activity

Instructions on how to setup and manage attendance with Moodle's Attendance activity.

Show & Hide: Making a Moodle Course Visible

Update the visibility of a Moodle page to show the course page and give students access.

Showing or Hiding the Moodle Gradebook

Information on how to hide or show the Moodle gradebook.

Showing Totals in Moodle Gradebook

Changing Moodle's course grade settings to show totals for categories that contain hidden items.

Submitting a Panopto Student Submission Video Assignment

Instructions on how to complete a Panopto Student Submission assignment by using the Panopto Capture web app to record video/audio.

Suspended Enrollment and Course Changes

Suspended status and enrollment changes in Moodle.

Switching your Moodle Role

Instructions on how to temporarily switch your Moodle role in a course, in order to view as a student or other role than the one assigned to you in the course.

The St. Olaf Gaming & Streaming Lab

The Gaming & Streaming Lab is located in RML 449a in Rolvaag Memorial Library. This space can be used for gaming, creating content for online channels, and for other various media projects.

Turn Off Dates for Moodle Page Sections

Remove the dates from section titles of a Moodle page.

Unable to Access Panopto Folder in Moodle

Re-establish access to Panopto folders or Panopto videos in Moodle.

Unable to Access Previous Moodle Servers

How to access older Moodle servers.

User Report - What students see in the Moodle gradebook

See the student view in the Moodle gradebook.

Using Poll Everywhere

Want to create a poll for a class, meeting, or additional audience participation? Request a Poll Everywhere account to create online surveys or polls with a variety of question types. Poll Everywhere accounts are available to anyone with an active St. Olaf account.

Using the Ally Accessibility Report

Description of the Ally course accessibility report- how to access it and use it to increase course accessibility

Using the Gradebook - Starting Out

Setting up the Moodle gradebook to match a syllabus, navigating the gradebook, and how to add items for grading.

Where is the new Moodle server?

Locating the new Moodle website and requesting a Draft Course page.

Zoom cloud recordings in Panopto

How to get Zoom cloud recordings to show up automatically in Panopto and Moodle.